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Vandoorne takes pole for second London race

Stoffel Vandoorne takes pole position for the second day of racing in London.

The Mercedes driver was third quickest during the group stages, but was able to improve during Super Pole to go 0.041s quicker than Oliver Rowland.

Alex Lynn was quickest during the group stages, despite making contact with the wall. His Super Pole lap was smoother, but couldn’t match the pace of Vandoorne and Rowland and he finished 0.067s off the pace.

Race 1 winner Nyck de Vries was fastest in the opening group. He edged out Robin Frijns by just 0.104s, but there was a half-second gap to the rest of the group.

Championship leader Sam Bird was fifth quickest in the group and as the rest of the field hit the track he gradually dropped down the order until he ended the session P21, ahead of only Antonio Felix Da Costa, Jean Eric Vergne, and Oliver Turvey.

A sprinkling of precipitation during the second group session meant it wasn’t automatically quicker than the earlier group. Nyck de Vries remained at the sharp end of the field throughout the group stages. He was eventually knocked down to P6, but made it through to Super Pole where he would qualify P4 overall.

Also through to Super Pole would be Mitch Evans, who made a mistake at the first corner and placed fifth overall, and Maximilian Guenther, who will start the race P6.

Pascal Wehrlein missed out on a spot in Super Pole by 0.058s and qualified seventh overall, ahead of Frijns, Sergio Sette Camara and Lucas Di Grassi.

A number of drivers ended the group stages of qualifying under investigation for failing to lap within 120% of their qualifying time on their in lap. Among those was Guenther, who made it through to Super Pole. However, it was determined each driver would be fined 1000 euros and the qualifying results were not impacted.

Bethonie Waring

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